Holiday goers planning to soak up the sun at Lake Camp during the upcoming Christmas break will have an added level of comfort throughout their visit, with the opening of a brand new toilet block at the popular lake.
The new facilities feature a disability access toilet and two other toilets which will provide greater convenience for the growing number of visitors frequenting the lake for camping and other recreational activities.
"The opening of the new facilities this week is fantastic timing for the holiday season. The current toilet arrangements have been struggling to keep up with the growing demand, especially at this time of year, and we expect these new facilities will be very welcome at the lake. In addition to the new toilets, we'll also be providing portaloos, as we usually do during summer," Council Open Spaces Manager David Askin says.
"The new toilets are environmentally friendly and do not result in any discharge to land. They're also easily maintained and their design has a proven track record in similar areas in the Selwyn District. Although the toilets themselves are now open, landscaping work still needs to be carried out, and we are planning to use native eco-sourced plantings."
Ashburton District Council constructed and installed the new toilets with the help of a $105,000 co-funded grant from Central Government through its Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.
The toilets are located in the popular freedom camping area off Hakatere Potts Road before the Lake Clearwater settlement.